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Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor)
Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor)

Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor)

Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm
3 Rue Abbaye, Marseille, France, 13007

The basics

The Abbey of St. Victor is thought to be the oldest church in France. It was built in the late fifth century AD. In fact, there were two monasteries built—one for men and one for women. Both were largely destroyed in the eighth century by Saracen invaders, and the convent was never rebuilt. By the 11th century, the abbey was once again thriving as a center of religious life in the Mediterranean. One of St. Victor’s abbots even went on to become Pope—Guillaume de Grimoard, who became Pope Urban V in 1362.

In the 1800s when the monks in residence barricaded themselves inside the abbey during an outbreak of the plague instead of helping the local population, the monastery was stripped of its religious association. For visitors to Marseille, whether on a guided tour or visiting alone, the Abbey of St. Victor offers a window into more than a thousand years of history in France.

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Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour
Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour
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$76.53 per adult
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The trip was started with a short history and a panorama view of this splendid city, than we have stopped in the top of the hill to visit Notre Dame de la Garde ( was such a good surprise) than we traveled to Chassis up to the top as the weather was perfect ( 2nd surprise). The guide was very knowledgeable and funny!
olimpiaionescu, Sep 2019

Things to know before you go

  • There’s a small fee to pay to enter the abbey.
  • Guided visits of the basilica and the crypts take place on Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the city from outside the abbey.
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How to get there

Abbey St. Victor lies to the west of the Old Port (Vieux Port) on rue de l’Abbaye. Public buses #82 and #83 stop nearby at on rue Robert. Bus #60 stops outside the abbey. To combine a trip to the abbey with other key sites, some visitors opt for a multi-stop tour with transport provided.

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When to get there

The abbey is open every day, with guided tours on selected days. The interiors make a nice shady spot to explore on hot summer days.

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Enjoy a Sweet Treat

Just next door to the abbey is the Four des Navettes bakery, famous for its delicious boat-shaped cookies known as navettes, flavored with orange blossom. The oldest bakery in Marseille, Four des Navettes has been making its tasty treats since 1781, and the recipe is a closely guarded secret. Buy a box and enjoy dunked in a good strong cup of coffee.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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